CFB Week 8: South Carolina vs Florida – Will Muschamp Bowl

Will Muschamp is in his 4th year as Head Coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks. On Saturday, South Carolina takes on Florida, whom Muschamp previously coached for 4 years.

Muschamp’s head coaching career has been the true definition of mediocre. He replaced Urban Meyer at Florida, where he coached from 2011-2014. His overall record was 28-21 and 17-15 in SEC play. Florida did go 11-2 in 2012 during his second season. They lost the Sugar Bowl to Louisville. Beyond that season, his win totals were 7, 4, 6 and he was fired in 2014, before the Birmingham Bowl game.

Life always comes full circle in college football. The Birmingham Bowl is the first bowl game he coached at South Carolina. He took over the Gamecocks in 2016, replacing Steve Spurrier. That means Muschamp replaced Meyer and Spurrier in his two head coaching stops.

South Carolina finished 6-7 in his first year. Including this year’s 3-3 record, South Carolina is 25-20 in 3+ years with Muschamp as head coach and 14-14 in the SEC.

Muschamp is 2-3 in bowl games. Interestingly, the two wins are against Ohio State (2011 Gator Bowl) and Michigan (2017 Outback Bowl).

Really, he is doing no better or worse than he did at Florida. Average. In his defense, at a school that lacks football history like South Carolina, average might be enough. But Gamecocks fans and players should want more. He hasn’t elevated the program in any way since his arrival.

If Florida wins Saturday’s Muschamp Bowl, it might mean South Carolina wins too. Because it would put them at 3-4 and perhaps closer to making the right decision to fire Muschamp.

Mike is a member of the FWAA (Football Writers Association of America) and an alum of the University of Cincinnati.

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